The Blewett School of Law will return to in-person instruction for Fall 2021. Students will be expected to be physically present for all classes. With the delta variant causing an increase in COVID-19 cases, we are implementing a number of protocols to help minimize transmission of the virus in our building. Please see the questions and answers below for more information.Please find additional frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 below. See our Admissions FAQs for general information.
What is the current situation in Montana with respect to the coronavirus?
New cases of COVID-19, predominately caused by the Delta variant of novel coronavirus, are increasing in Missoula County and across Montana. As a result, Missoula City-County Health Department recommends all individuals— regardless of vaccine status—voluntarily wear a mask indoors to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The most current COVI-19 information for Missoula County, including case data for UM, is available at http://www.missoulainfo.com
See the Missoula City-County Health Department’s COVID-19 information page for details.
UM and the Missoula City-County Health Department are closely tracking COVID-19 case trends at UM and in Missoula. The MCCHD is releasing information about UM-affiliated cases each weekday. Find UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases on this page under the "Data" tab.
Please also see the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force website for more information.
Montana is fortunate to have extensive opportunities for outdoor recreation. Trails and recreation areas provide excellent avenues to get out of the house and recharge.
Is the University planning to have live, face-to-face classes in Fall 2021?
We are preparing to welcome students to campus in the fall for in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible. We hope this fall at UM resembles a more traditional environment - from academics to student activities, athletics and campus operations. While there are a number of variables that could impact our ability to be fully back in our classrooms and learning spaces, now is the time to plan for this transition. As we have throughout this pandemic, we will continue working closely with public health officials to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed. Read more
Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes, in all common areas of the school of law building, including hallways, lobbies, bathrooms, waiting areas, the cafe, the atrium, the student lounge and the law library as well as classrooms. In instructional settings, including classes and related activities such as law firms, the academic success program, and clinics, failure to wear a mask may be a violation of the University’s Student Conduct Code and therefore is also potentially a violation of the School of Law’s Honor Code.
Where can I get a COVID vaccine?
UM students and employees, as well as their partners, spouses and household members, are encouraged to receive the vaccine. The Health Services Pharmacy inside Curry Health Center will offer vaccines throughout the summer. Walk-ins welcome!
Missoula County is coordinating vaccine administration throughout the county. Visit the county's vaccine website for information on all vaccine clinics and locations that currently have vaccine available. This site contains an interactive map and a distribution dashboard showing how many doses have been administered.
What should I do if I have been exposed through a close contact with a person who has COVID-19?
The Missoula City-County Health Department currently defines a close contact as spending 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person during their infectious period. The guidance for how to respond to a close contact varies depending on whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. Consult the City-County guidelines for details.
What should I do if I'm feeling unwell?
The CDC has identified the following symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you are feeling any of these symptoms, you should get tested as soon as possible. Free testing is available at Curry Health Center and through the Missoula City-County Health Department. UM's Curry Health Center provides free COVID-19 testing for students who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Students must call 406-243-2122 to make an appointment before coming in. Regardless of the results of your COVID-19 test, as long as you are symptomatic, you should not enter the law building.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
The CDC generally recommends that you isolate yourself for 10 days after the first appearance of symptoms. You should not enter the law building during that time. Under certain circumstances a longer period of isolation may be recommended so please follow the specific guidance of the Missoula City-County Health Department.
What should I do if I have to miss an in-person class because of COVID-19 illness or exposure?
You may be able to attend remotely to avoid absences if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 but are still able to participate remotely. First, check the attendance policies in the syllabi for each of your courses. Some of your professors will work with you directly to help you keep up, while others may direct you to the Associate Dean of Students.
If your professor directs you to the Associate Dean of Students, or if you find that you have to miss more classes than are permitted under the attendance policy for a particular course, you should email the Associate Dean of Students at email@example.com with an explanation of your situation.
What has the University done to develop health and safety plans?
When does the Fall 2021 semester start?
When does fall semester exam period end?
The last day of Fall 2021 exams is Thursday, December 16.
The University has compiled all University-wide coronavirus-related updates, communications and other information on the UM Coronavirus Updates website.
UM has also created a Coronavirus Hotline at 406-243-INFO(4636), available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to speak with UM employees about your questions.
UM is closely tracking the COVID-19 case trends in both Missoula and across Montana. You can track Montana’s cases here.